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Entries from December 23rd, 2011

My Year in Reading 2011 – Part 2

December 23rd, 2011 · Comments Off on My Year in Reading 2011 – Part 2 · Admin, Campaigning, Politics, Reading Related, UK Labour, United Kingdom

Following on from Monday’s post, here’s the second half of my reading for 2011: “Dancing in the Glory of Monsters: The Collapse of the Congo and the Great War of Africa”, Jason Stearns – A history of the Congo Wars; a twenty year conflict that involved a dozen countries and cost six million lives that […]

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Third Parties, the Easy Solution, but not the Right One – “The Unfinished Revolution: How New Labour Changed British Politics Forever” – Philip Gould

December 21st, 2011 · Comments Off on Third Parties, the Easy Solution, but not the Right One – “The Unfinished Revolution: How New Labour Changed British Politics Forever” – Philip Gould · Campaigning, Politics, UK Labour, United Kingdom

But most of all I believed that a new party was the easy solution, not the right one. However successful the SDP was, it could not destroy Labour but only rival it, leading to yet more fragmentation of the left. The one answer was to stay and fight, to change Labour completely and make it […]

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“The Unfinished Revolution: How New Labour Changed British Politics Forever” – Philip Gould

December 20th, 2011 · Comments Off on “The Unfinished Revolution: How New Labour Changed British Politics Forever” – Philip Gould · Campaigning, Extremism, Politics, UK Labour, Uncategorized

As Keith Middlemas observed, ‘What had really occurred … resembled the dosing of a malarial patient with quinine: the symptoms disappeared but the party was not really strengthened, nor were its ideological fevers cured.’

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Being in Touch – “The Unfinished Revolution: How New Labour Changed British Politics Forever” – Philip Gould

December 20th, 2011 · Comments Off on Being in Touch – “The Unfinished Revolution: How New Labour Changed British Politics Forever” – Philip Gould · Campaigning, Extremism, Politics, UK Labour, United Kingdom

(Hugh) Gaitskell began in modernising terms: society and the economy were changing, and Labour had to change too. Labour, he said, had to adapt itself, “to be in touch always with ordinary people to avoid becoming small cliques of isolated, doctrine-ridden fanatics, out of touch with the main stream of social life in our time”.

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Foot – a Failed Leader – “The Unfinished Revolution: How New Labour Changed British Politics Forever” – Philip Gould

December 20th, 2011 · Comments Off on Foot – a Failed Leader – “The Unfinished Revolution: How New Labour Changed British Politics Forever” – Philip Gould · Campaigning, Electoralism, Extremism, Ideology, Leadership, Means and Ends, Politics, Progressive Politics, UK Labour, United Kingdom

For many, Michael Foot was not a leader who tried but failed woefully, but a martyr, a champion to ‘the cause’. Too many saw him as Gwyn Williams did: “There he stands, Member for Ebbw Vale, bone of our old bone, blood of our very blood, in his white hair and his cheekbones, his humanity, […]

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Labour had Declared War on the Middle Class – “The Unfinished Revolution: How New Labour Changed British Politics Forever” – Philip Gould

December 19th, 2011 · Comments Off on Labour had Declared War on the Middle Class – “The Unfinished Revolution: How New Labour Changed British Politics Forever” – Philip Gould · Campaigning, Extremism, Ideology, Politics, UK Labour, United Kingdom

Labour (of the 1980s) had not merely stopped listening or lost touch: it had declared political war on the values, instincts and ethics of the great majority of decent, hard-working voters. Where were the policies for my old school-friends – now with families and homes of their own – in a manifesto advocating increased taxes, […]

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Nationalisation of the 25 Largest Companies – “The Unfinished Revolution: How New Labour Changed British Politics Forever” – Philip Gould

December 19th, 2011 · Comments Off on Nationalisation of the 25 Largest Companies – “The Unfinished Revolution: How New Labour Changed British Politics Forever” – Philip Gould · Campaigning, Extremism, Ideology, Politics, Progressive Politics, UK Labour, United Kingdom

The party I loved instinctively was to betray the people who lived here, its natural supporters: ordinary people with suburban dreams who worked hard to improve their homes and their lives; to get gradually better cars, washing machines and televisions; to go on holiday in Spain rather than Bournemouth. These people wanted sensible, moderate policies […]

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Tony Blair’s Foreword: “The Unfinished Revolution: How New Labour Changed British Politics Forever” – Philip Gould

December 19th, 2011 · Comments Off on Tony Blair’s Foreword: “The Unfinished Revolution: How New Labour Changed British Politics Forever” – Philip Gould · Campaigning, Policy, Politics, UK Labour, Uncategorized, United Kingdom

In opposition, you wake up and ask: ‘What shall I say today?’ In government, you ask: ‘What shall I do today?’ The impact of the saying is immediate. The impact of the doing is only apparent over time. I learnt as government progressed that the day-to-day news coverage mattered much less than laying down deep […]

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My Year in Reading 2011 – Part 1

December 19th, 2011 · Comments Off on My Year in Reading 2011 – Part 1 · Reading Related, Uncategorized

About three years ago I resolved to make enough time in my life to read one book a week. I’ve always read quite a bit, but reading being a domestic activity, it had always been the subject of the vicissitudes of domestic life. Busy periods at work, social commitments or just lack of overall motivation […]

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Tony Blair’s Foreword: “The Unfinished Revolution: How New Labour Changed British Politics Forever” – Philip Gould

December 18th, 2011 · Comments Off on Tony Blair’s Foreword: “The Unfinished Revolution: How New Labour Changed British Politics Forever” – Philip Gould · Campaigning, Politics, Progressive Politics, UK Labour, Uncategorized, United Kingdom

Government is a hundred times tougher but a thousand times more satisfying. Look back at 1997–2010, and you may still only recall the end, with all its bitterness and defeat. Over time, however, the achievements are clear and they are real – real in their effects on people’s lives, real in the change in the […]

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